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Debt Overhang and Investment Efficiency

Francesca Barbiero, Alexander Popov () and Marcin Wolski

No 12784, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Using a pan-European dataset of 8.5 million firms, we find that firms with high debt overhang invest relatively more than otherwise similar firms if they are operating in sectors facing good global growth opportunities. This effect is robust to controlling for firm fixed effects and for country-sector-time fixed effects. At the same time, the positive impact of a marginal increase in debt on investment efficiency disappears if firm debt is excessive, if it is dominated by short maturities, and during systemic banking crises. Our results are consistent with theories highlighting the disciplining role of debt over equity.

Keywords: banking crises; Debt overhang; Investment misallocation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E22 E44 G21 H63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-03
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